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The formation of Indonesia was the direct result of the occupation, so that's barely a good example. Present day Malaysia and Singapore remained fragmented up until the formation of Malaysia in 1963. - 220.127.116.11 (talk) 12:25, 4 March 2009 (UTC)
The reason for the article being split is because it is now >50 kilobytes in size and growing, also there are two distinct subject areas. See WP:AS. Discussion at the military history site concluded it could be split (but there was only 2 particpants). The proposed split is into Japanese occupation of Malaya and Japanese occupation of northern Borneo. The later would include the occupation of Sarawak, Labuan, Brunei, and British North Borneo (now known as Sabah). The Japanese of southern Borneo is covered fairly shallowly in Japanese occupation of Indonesia. NealeFamily (talk) 00:36, 5 June 2013 (UTC)
How about naming the latter Japanese occupation of British North Borneo? As far as I am aware (though I may well be wrong), North Borneo's official name was simply North Borneo, not British North Borneo - BNB was the term used at the time to refer to all the British territories on the island of Borneo (NB, Sarawak, Labuan and Brunei), so would be the appropriate term here. Jasper33 (talk) 11:52, 5 June 2013 (UTC) Or alternatively, Japanese occupation of British Borneo? (Gen Wootten used the term in his 18 Aug 1945 pamphlet dropped to POWs and Internees at Batu Lintang). After all, Dutch Borneo was a recognised term at the time, so why not British Borneo for the rest of the island? Jasper33 (talk) 14:17, 5 June 2013 (UTC)
A split as proposed seems sensible. From memory, the Japanese had different occupation governments in Malaya and Borneo. Nick-D (talk) 12:07, 5 June 2013 (UTC)
Thanks for the suggestions about naming. The Japanese referred to the area encompassing Sabah, Brunei, Labuan, and Sarawak as Kita Boruneo. The term British North Borneo excludes Sarawak, Brunei, and at times Labuan. As an alternative I could name the article the Japanese occupation of British North Borneo, Brunei, Labuan, and Sarawak. This may be the less confusing to the modern reader but a bit long winded. Actually I think I prefer Jasper33's British Borneo and Dutch Borneo as being appropriate for the time period and consistant with the Japanese occupation. NealeFamily (talk) 00:03, 6 June 2013 (UTC)